As we've been reporting, Nome missed out on what was supposed to be its last big delivery of fuel back in November because of an early-winter storm. Thanks to about two weeks' worth of help from a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, though, the Russian tanker was able to get close enough to then run its hose across about a half mile of ice to the storage facility on land.
"At the beginning of the fueling operation, workers will be staged at every connector along the line to ensure there are no problems. Later, a two-man relay team will walk the line every 30 minutes until the transfer is complete."
This AP video offers a sense of just how cold — and difficult — the work is.